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Jan
20
Sat
Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Jan 20 – Jun 3 all-day
Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works donated to the Bruce Museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III.

The United States involvement in World War I lasted only a brief twenty months, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the nation’s military and propaganda strategies were of enormous consequence.

Patriotic Persuasion” marks the centennial of American participation in the First World War. It is organized by Kenneth E. Silver, Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art and Elizabeth Smith, Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at the Bruce Museum (2017-2018).

Jan
27
Sat
Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – May 20 @ 5:00 pm
Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

Opening on January 27, 2018, the Bruce Museum’s provocative new exhibition Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Juxtaposing art made in opposition to state-sanctioned Socialist Realism with artifacts from the Soviet nuclear and space programs, Hot Art in a Cold War touches upon the triumphs and tragedies unleashed as humankind gained the power to both leave the Earth and to destroy it.

Produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance during a turbulent period marked by the ever-escalating competition for nuclear supremacy and the space race. Creative interpretations of these key historical events and their repercussions are presented here through nearly 40 works by 17 artists from the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia.

The Hot Art in a Cold War exhibition, which continues through May 20, explores the anxious realities and utopian fantasies of everyday Soviet life in the second half of the twentieth century through a variety of media, from documentary photographs and surrealist abstractions to hyperrealist paintings and kinetic sculptures. Kinetic artists in Russia and Latvia directly synthesized art and science in their works, often forming groups to collectively envision and even build immersive installations that offered viewers glimpses into unknown futures.

As science became a proxy battlefield for the struggle between the USSR and the United States, the Soviet space program achieved a long string of successes, including launching the first artificial satellite, first animal, first human, and first space station into orbit. This exhibition features artifacts representing these breakthroughs, including an unlaunched backup of Sputnik, a replica of the spacesuit worn by the first space dog Laika, and equipment from the Salyut space station program. The darker side of this Cold War competition is seen in examples of nuclear fallout equipment and specimens from Chernobyl.

“The Bruce Museum prides itself in being a museum of both art and science and in finding the interconnections between the two,” says Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Bruce Museum Curator of Science and co-curator of the exhibition. “Hot Art in a Cold War is a perfect example of this unique focus. Visitors will see how the triumphs of the space program and anxieties about nuclear arms were captured by period artists. Likewise, many of the scientific objects are works of art in their own right. The elegance of Sputnik, for example, is as striking and undeniable as its impact on the space race.”

“This exhibition is very timely, as we see history repeating itself in the connection between the ‘official’ behaviors of the Cold War and today’s ongoing wars and political conflicts, not to mention the ever-increasing role that technology plays in our everyday lives,” adds Ksenia Nouril, exhibition co-curator.

Hot Art in a Cold War is an expanded version of an exhibition organized at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., by Ksenia Nouril, Dodge Fellow, Zimmerli Art Museum and PhD Candidate, Department of Art History at Rutgers. The exhibition at the Zimmerli and Ms. Nouril’s fellowship have been supported by the Avenir Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
A majority of the artworks on loan are from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, which is housed at the Zimmerli Art Museum. The late Norton Dodge (1927-2011), an American economist, began collecting Soviet unofficial art during the Cold War, making several trips to the Soviet Union starting in 1955. He amassed one of the largest collections of this kind of art in the world.

Although advancements in nuclear energy and space exploration gave great hope, they also came at a steep price, taking their toll on the Soviet economy, environment, and quality of life. Unofficial artists communicated their desires and fears by reimagining their earthly environments and conjuring unexplored worlds. Hot Art in a Cold War captures the direct and indirect intersections between art and science during this historically significant period of geopolitical tension that remains relevant today.

For support of this exhibition, the Bruce Museum thanks the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund; the Connecticut Office of the Arts; a Committee of Honor, chaired by Jacqueline and Arthur Walker and Deborah and Alan Simon; and media sponsor WSHU Public Radio Group.

Feb
1
Thu
Positive Discipline Parenting @ Prince of Peace Preschool Tickets
Feb 1 – Mar 12 all-day
Positive Discipline Parenting @ Prince of Peace Preschool | Brookfield | Connecticut | United States

Join parents just like you for 5 weeks of parenting classes. Learn to discipline with firmness and kindness, have fun as a parent, and set the foundation for important social and life skills. Help your child feel a sense of belonging and significance through mutual respect and encouragement.

Cost: $199 (includes materials – Positive Discipline book, parent workbook and tool cards) $339 couple with shared materials. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Five Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 PMMarch 14March 21,March 28April 4April 25

There will be no class 4/11 or 4/18.

Class will be co-facilitated by Carol Dores and Christina Cameron.

Feb
2
Fri
16 Seasons a Year – Photography by Tapani Talo @ Larchmont Public Library Tickets
Feb 2 – Feb 27 all-day
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The Larchmont Public Library’s Oresman Gallery presents “16 SEASONS A YEAR”, a new exhibit of unique photography by Tapani Talo. The exhibit will open in the Oresman Gallery on Friday, February 2, and will remain on display through Tuesday, February 27. The exhibit is free and open to everyone during normal library hours.

The artist will host a reception on Saturday, February 10, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Oresman Gallery. The reception is also free and everyone is welcome.

NEWSIES (Live Disney Musical) @ Curtain Call's Kweskin Theatre Tickets
Feb 2 – Feb 25 all-day
NEWSIES (Live Disney Musical) @ Curtain Call's Kweskin Theatre |  |  |

FIRST AREA THEATRE PRESENTATION OF NEWSIES COMING TO STAMFORD

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…that’s the story of Disney’s hit musical, Newsies, which will play in Stamford, February 2 through 24, in Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre.

Based on a 1992 film of the same name, the story was inspired by the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City. It pits Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys against Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, as he tries to make a profit at the expense of the boys who sell his newspaper. The musical, which premiered in 2011, features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein.

“We were overjoyed that Curtain Call was selected as one of the first community theatres in the country to be licensed to present this terrific musical,” said Curtain Call executive director Lou Ursone. “Most people love a good David and Goliath-type story, and Newsies is all that plus, it’s loaded with a terrific score,” Ursone added. The audience and the characters alike will rejoice at the end of the show as the Newsies triumph over the evil businessmen. “And yes, there’s some great dancing in this show. All in all, it’s a perfect, ‘feel-good’ musical the entire family can enjoy together,” said Ursone. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.

Among the many fictional elements of the show is the character of Katherine Plumber, a young reporter who serves as a love interest for Jack. As a woman reporter during a time when the industry was dominated by men, Plumber is also standing up for herself and fighting for a cause. A great role model for young women, even today.

The creative team behind this production, in addition to Ursone, includes long-time Curtain Call artists: Gail Yudain – director; Eric K. Johnston – music director; Karen Casagrande – choreographer; Peter Barbieri, Jr. – set design; Adam Lobelson – lighting design; and Megan Latte Ormond – costume design. The stage management team is led by Stacy Lupo. Ursone called the production his A-Team and is thrilled with how rehearsals are progressing.

Curtain Call’s cast of 49 includes, from STAMFORD: Tommy DeSalvo, Jainee Didonato, Stephen Emerick, Frankie Isola, Mike Kraus, Tessa Kurtz, Joshua Leferman, Justin McArthur, Matt McArthur, Michael McArthur, Sean Pultz, Maya Sank; from NORWALK: Ann Alford, Rob Ayala, Chris Balestriere, Mike DeSalvo, Nicole DiBlasio, Scott Ferrara, James Hobayan, Kelly Kinas, Gavin McGee, Nikki Monahan, Emily Rybnick, Daniella Sawyer; from WESTPORT: Seth Barkan, Lillie Bukzin, Matt Bukzin; from WILTON: Stephen DiRocco, Kevin Sell; from GREENWICH: Will Armstrong, Kevin Gillespie, Skye Gillespie, Savannah Miller; from BRIDGEPORT: Monica Harrington, Everton Ricketts; from TRUMBULL: Nicholas Ferreira, Danny Randazzo; from FAIRFIELD: Madeleine Tommins; from MILFORD: Trisha Carr McCoy; from STRATFORD: Dante DiFederico; from WATERTOWN: Jennifer Beveridge; from KATONAH, NY: Vic Sauerhof; from RYE, NY: Bob Praid.

“I always enjoy watching our shows in rehearsal, but the energy coming from this cast as they have been working on the staging and choreography has made me want to watch every moment that I can,” said Ursone.

Newsies will play in The Kweskin Theatre from February 2 through 24, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Regular prices are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.50 for children (up to age 21). Thursday evenings – all seats $25. Doors open for seating one half hour before show time. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30%. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com. (As of press time, matinees are already sold out – check with the theatre about possible extra performances.)

Feb
4
Sun
“Pictorialism: A Century Later”, Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery Tickets
Feb 4 – Mar 18 all-day
"Pictorialism: A Century Later", Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery |  |  |

“Pictorialism: A Century Later” in Dobbs Ferry features artist John Maggiotto’s photographs that return to the era of Pictorialism in photography. February 4 through March 18, 2018. Free opening reception on February 4, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery .

“Pictorialism: A Century Later”. Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery Tickets
Feb 4 – Mar 2 all-day
"Pictorialism: A Century Later". Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery |  |  |

“Pictorialism: A Century Later” in Dobbs Ferry features artist John Maggiotto’s photographs that return to the era of Pictorialism in photography. February 4 through March 18, 2018. Free opening reception on February 4, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery .

“Pictorialism: A Century Later”. Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery Tickets
Feb 4 – Mar 2 all-day
"Pictorialism: A Century Later". Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery |  |  |

“Pictorialism: A Century Later” in Dobbs Ferry features artist John Maggiotto’s photographs that return to the era of Pictorialism in photography. February 4 through March 18, 2018. Free opening reception on February 4, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery .

“Pictorialism: A Century Later”. Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery Tickets
Feb 4 – Mar 18 all-day
"Pictorialism: A Century Later". Photographs by John Maggiotto @ The Donald Gallery |  |  |

“Pictorialism: A Century Later” in Dobbs Ferry features artist John Maggiotto’s photographs that return to the era of Pictorialism in photography. February 4 through March 18, 2018. Free opening reception on February 4, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery .

Feb
9
Fri
Enroll in Hoff-Barthelson’s Summer Arts Program @ Hoff-Barthelson Music School Tickets
Feb 9 – Mar 30 all-day
Enroll in Hoff-Barthelson's Summer Arts Program @ Hoff-Barthelson Music School |  |  |

Dreaming of Summer: Enroll in Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Summer Arts Program!
Early-bird discounts available through March 30
Jazz, Rock, Musical Theater, and Music Technology Classes among offerings

As winter continues its icy grip, what better time of year to start making plans for summer?

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Summer Arts Program (SAP) provides budding musicians in the 2nd through 10th grades multiple opportunities for artistic exploration and friendship. Taught by top-flight faculty, offerings include instrumental classes, chamber music, chorus, large ensembles, visual arts, rock, jazz, musical theatre, and frequent performance opportunities. Students at all levels receive instruction in a program individually tailored to their needs and interests.

“Unfettered by schoolwork and the scheduling challenges often faced during the school year, SAP students have the latitude to try additional instruments, experiment musically, take lessons every day, and perform each week,” says Joe Piscitelli, the program’s dynamic director. “Consequently, they’re able to make tremendous progress and develop lasting friendships over the program’s five weeks (June 25 – July 27, 2018).”

Registration is currently underway; Early-bird discounts are in effect through March 30, 2018.

Mary Margulis-Ohnuma, mother of three SAP participants shares “For many years now, our family has planned our summers around the kids attending Hoff-Barthelson’s Summer Arts Program. The program offers opportunities to work with a world-class faculty in a fluid format that catalyzes learning. SAP provides a warm and welcoming environment that is at once familiar from summer to summer and yet also manages to provide new challenges from year to year.”

For additional information and to register:
To learn more about the program and whether it’s right for your family, visit www.hbms.org, or contact Lucy Rosenberg at summerarts@hbms.org or 914-723-1169.

About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:
Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County’s most cherished cultural resources. Whatever a student’s age or level of musical interest, Hoff-Barthelson’s diverse offerings provide the highest quality musical education, personally tailored to his or her specific passions and goals in a supportive and vibrant community.

The Summer Arts Program is made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Students enjoy a drum lesson during Hoff-Barthelson’s Summer Arts Program; photo by Steven Schnur.